Presents a long-term field study of the monogamous barn swallow, and uses the findings to review the theory of sexual selection and its two main components: male-male competition and female choice.
"Moller's field studies are remarkable in scope, in the degree to which experimentation has been employed and in the extent to which they confirm a priori theory. Collectively they make one of the most complete cases so far for adaptive female choice of a sexual ornament..." --Nature
"This book is not confined to sexual selection in its narrow sense of reproductive competition; Moller uses barn swallows to examine virtually every important question in evolutionary biology....The book touches on topics ranging from speciation to life history theory, with nods along the way to foraging ecology, sex ratio evolution, migration, and the evolutionary consequences of geographic variation....Moller displays a remarkable opportunism in his research, losing no chance to turn the smallest piece of information into a test of a hypothesis....This dedication to detail is combined with a thorough grounding in theory throughout the book....Perhaps some of the biologists using Drosophila or Caen
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